E-governance, having immense importance in today’s world, raises the transparency, accountability, efficiency and inclusiveness in the governing process in terms of reliable access to all information by the citizens. Keeping pace with the innovation, Jammu and Kashmir government under the stewardship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, launched a historic initiative of extending hassle free online access to Land Records System to people which revolutionalized the revenue world of the UT. The J&K people have appreciated this move of the administration as a citizen friendly measure which would definitely bring in added transparency and accountability in the land record system.     Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, launched the Land Records Information System  “Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani”, to allow public users to search and view copies of scanned data online on CIS Portal  http://landrecords.jk.gov.in/. The initiative has been introduced to reduce interference of revenue officials in land dealings and give people right to access their land records at a click of a button, thereby reducing manipulation and improving the efficiency of Revenue offices substantially. ‘It was a sequel to the national programme of Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) envisaging enhanced services to the common people in land matters’. DILRMP was formally launched in the UT in April 2016 for improving online accessibility to Land Records System bringing an end to corrupt practices thereby ensuring quality services in Sub Registrar and Tehsil offices. Lieutenant Governor’s administration ensured that the land record programme which was being implemented at a slower pace is speeded up and completed for the benefit of the common masses. As part of program implementation in UT, 7.70 crore pages of Revenue record and 55216 Musavi (maps) have been scanned besides establishment of 3895 Ground Control Points. Also, Web-based Enterprise Geo-Information System (GIS) has been developed under the initiative. Under Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities on “Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani”, the government organized special camps at Tehsil and Block level offices, Niabats, Patwar Khanas and Panchayat Ghars to educate the public about the digital platform where people can access their land records with one click. “We are grateful to the present administrations at Center and  UT level for launching such technological innovations in all spheres of development making the lives of people comfortable and convenient”, maintained Sikamndar Noorani, District President All Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Conference while appreciating this historic initiative. “Apki Zameen Aapki Nigrani’ has empowered common people to check their land records on their mobiles getting a rid of moving from pillar to post for the same and safeguard our land on our won. I thank LG administration for this revolutionary step, he added” Similarly, Jehangir Ahmed of Bachpora says that visiting Revenue office was a time consuming process and quite suffering but now I can check my land records while sitting at my home. Government has also initiated the process of issuing trilingual land passbooks as a measure to fill the information vacuum and promote people’s ease of access to the revenue records in Jammu and Srinagar districts. The first of its kind land passbook are being issued to the legal owners of land in Jammu and Kashmir in Urdu, English and Hindi languages. As a reform to further boost transparency in public dealings of Revenue Department, a mechanism of issuing revenue passbooks to the people containing information on all their legal land possessions has been evolved and a deadline of 15th August 2022 has been set by the government for completion of the process.  Showket Ahmed Rather of Tengpora Srinagar has all praise for the government’s initiative, who says, “It is really a good step, everyone will be benefited. Earlier getting revenue extracts used to take months. With Land passbook, now everything is with the people. We have been relieved of the cumbersome process and nightmare of visiting revenue offices.” For Khurshed Ahmed Reshi of Tengpora, the initiative will expose people who grabbed government land and built infrastructure on public land. 

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